What a joy it is to teach Spanish to young children! Until their early teenage years, children's brains are wired to learn languages with ease and success. They are able to mimic and absorb the sounds of Spanish with ease. Twice a week we meet for Spanish class as the students start this journey. Through a variety of methods including TPR (total physical response), the Magic Box, The Gouin Series and much song, dance, art, and play, students are introduced gracefully to the Spanish language and its culture. The teacher works with the students to become fully engaged while immersed in the language.
During grades K-2, Spanish immersion is experienced through play, song, chants and modeled dialogues. A typical class includes an introduction of vocabulary through movement and action, a chant, song, puppet dialogue, and picture book.
Starting in grades 3-4, children begin reading in Spanish and learn simple grammar structures using the textbook, Español para chicos y grandes. Once the students learn to read in Spanish, a huge world opens to them allowing them to read short poems and stories as well as perform simple dialogues and skits.
By the end of the fourth grade, students will have been introduced to the following vocabulary themes:
Greetings and introductions
The classroom - ¿Dónde está....?, arriba de, abajo de
Expressing age - tener
Days of the week - ¿Qué día es hoy, mañana...?
Telling time - ¿Qué hora es? ¿A qué hora es...?
Seasons and dates - ¿Cuándo es...? ¿Qué fecha es hoy?¿Qué tiempo hace hoy?
Animals - ¿Cómo hacen los... ?
Family – ser, ¿Cómo es/son?, las descripciones
Body – Me duele...
Food - ¿Qué comes / tomas / prefieres? ¿Qué quieres? ¿Cuánto cuesta?
Preferences - Me/te/le gusta..
Clothes - llevar
Home – En la cocina hay....
Town - ¿Dónde vives? ¿Dónde está e/ / la...?
Los verbos: Ver Decir
In addition to the above, we celebrate and explore holidays and festivals from the Spanish-speaking world some of which include El Día de Indpendencia, El Día de los Muertos, El Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe y Las Posadas.
In class, students are exposed to traditional songs, chants and rhymes from the Spanish-speaking world. The CD's listed below are recommended purchases, helping to reinforce lessons. Playing music at home and in the car helps improve their "ear" for the language as they absorb the sounds of the words through music.
Hop, Skip, and Sing Spanish for Kids, Ana Lomba (in English and Spanish)
Mi Guitarri Joel Valle (all Spanish)
Muévete Spanish PlayTime (all Spanish)
De Colores José Luis Orozco (all Spanish) a companion picture book can also be purchased
Diez Deditos José Luis Orozco (all Spanish) a companion picture book can also be purchased